Breaking down barriers in the Hunter

Published on 06 Oct 2017

Have you seen how we're working with businesses to enable better lives in the Hunter?

APM's Employment Services team is featured in today's Newcastle Herald​.

The article about the work of APM's teams with businesses in the NSW region is part of the publication's focus on jobs for people with disability.

Employment consultant Kirsty Testa was joined by business owner Doug Smith who has now hired five people through APM, making use of the recruitment and post-placement support available through Disability Employment Services.

The feature comes as businesses in the Hunter and Central Coast regions have additional opportunities to fill hiring gaps with the recently launched APM YES (Youth Employment Service).

APM YES aims to provide more job opportunities for school leavers and young people aged 15 to 24 with local employers across the region.

From the Newcastle Herald...

Hunter businesses break down barrier

MORE than 400 job seekers with a disability have been hired by Hunter businesses in the past 12 months, according to leading employment services provider, APM.

APM has been promoting the benefits of employment for people with illnesses, injuries or disability, and supporting employers in the region, since 2002.

Since October last year the company, which is Australia’s largest provider of Disability Employment Services (DES), achieved 426 successful job placements for throughout the Hunter.

As well as supporting job seekers through applications, interviews and training, the service works with employers to match potential employees to positions in their business.

APM’s Regional Manager for DES, Kate Falkenmire, said their teams work with job seekers from all backgrounds and with a range of disabilities to seek out the sustainable employment options across the region.

The service also helps local businesses access government wage subsidies and access funds for new equipment, workplace modifications or training required to assist a job seeker when they start work.

The Smith Family Trust owner Doug Smith recently hired job seeker Shane Riley through APM.

Shane is the fifth person he has employed through the company and Doug said he regularly makes use of the support APM offers.

“They assisted with the end-to-end recruitment and have been providing regular support for over six months for my employees in the workplace,” he said.

Building on the success of their DES program, APM recently launched its first service to specifically help young job seekers across Hunter and the Central Coast.

APM YES (Youth Employment Services) looks to engage school leavers and people aged 15 to 24, and help boost their prospects of finding employment after leaving the classroom. While also helping local businesses fill their hiring gaps.